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HILLSBORO, N.D.—A Florida woman has been accused of killing an unborn child in a Traill County vehicle crash last week. Claudia Rae Grace, 75, of the Villages, Fla., was booked Wednesday, July 19, into the Traill County jail on charges of negligent homicide, a Class C felony, and aggravated reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor. The case stems from a July 8 crash on Interstate 29 near Hillsboro, where Grace forced a vehicle with a Grand Forks couple off the road, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
A small teddy bear, a bottle of honey, flowers and candles sit at the base of a tree in University Park in Grand Forks, the same tree a black bear climbed up Monday afternoon and stayed until it was tranquilized and then later euthanized.
ESPN’s ESPY awards air at 7 p.m. Central, July 18, and regional olympians Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux of Grand Forks and Gigi Marvin of Warroad are up for several awards for their performance in the U.S. women’s hockey team’s victory over Canada. The team has nominations in the categories of Best Team, Best Game and Best Olympic Moment.
GRAND FORKS—A bear that attracted crowds of gawkers after it wandered into a park near the University of North Dakota and climbed up a tree Monday, July 16, was euthanized, Grand Forks police said Tuesday. Police tranquilized the bear about 7 p.m. with help from wildlife specialists and a veterinarian from the Red River Zoo in Fargo before the animal was lowered to the ground. "If it had not become the subject of people's curiosity, it might've survived yesterday," said Red River Zoo veterinarian Dr. Tom Colville, who assisted in sedating the bear.
CORSICA, S.D. — A Corsica man has been arrested on three counts of theft by exploitation for spending more than $17,400 of his grandmother's money. David Stetson, 48, was charged with three Class 4 felonies and could spend up to 30 years in prison, if convicted. Stetson was named in a police affidavit as the power of attorney for his grandmother, who was being cared for in the Armour nursing home.
RAY, N.D. -- A Minot truck driver killed when his semi and fuel-filled trailer overturned Monday on Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Ray in western North Dakota has been identified. Richard Catone, 67, was the driver of a westbound 2016 Freightliner that was westbound and entered a median and rolled, ejecting him, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a release. Authorities say Catone was not wearing a seat belt.
FARGO -- Despite reports that the new City Hall building is on budget, city leaders found themselves once again approving additional funding — $2.2 million this time around — on Monday, July 16. As described by Mayor Tim Mahoney, it was not exactly a cost overrun but a cost that had been forgotten about. Staff knew they'd need to pay for certain things left out of the original construction bid and, upon revisiting those things, were surprised just how much they cost, he said.
RAY, N.D. -- A 67-year-old Minot man has died when the semi he was driving carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned in the median of U.S. Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Ray or about 15 miles northeast of Williston about 4 a.m. on Monday, July 16. The name of the driver will be released Tuesday pending notification of family.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- A western North Dakota superintendent facing drug charges waived preliminary hearings on Thursday, July 12. Bowman County District Superintendent David Mahon was charged in March with two Class C felony counts of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult, as well as two Class B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
GRAND FORKS -- Investigators have released the name of a woman who died after drowning in a pool this week in Grand Forks. Maggie Berlin, 61, was found unresponsive shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in a pool, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department. Emergency responders called to the scene attempted to revive her, but the attempt was unsuccessful, the release said. As of Friday, there was no indication of foul play, Zimmel said, “but we will not arrive at any final conclusions until the investigation is complete.”